Rae Ann Knopf of St Johnsbury was confirmed as Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education in a special meeting today. Knopf, who most recently served as the Assistant Director for Student Support and Safe and Healthy Schools, also serves as the department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) coordinator.“We on the State Board of Education are excited about Rae Ann Knopf’s appointment as Deputy Commissioner,” said Board Chair Fayneese Miller. “I have had the pleasure of watching her expertly steward the department and our education partners through the complexities of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. I personally look forward to working with her and the commissioner as we continue our work on the transformation of education in Vermont. ”Rae Ann Knopf has worked nationally over the last 26 years to establish learning communities where young people can thrive and realize their true potential. She uses her experience as a school administrator, clinical director, corporate executive and organizational development specialist to lead statewide efforts to continue strengthening Vermont’s educational system by implementing tiered systems of support and intervention for academics and behavior.Prior to joining the department, she has shown a career-long commitment to students in need in a whole range of educational settings, including serving as the Executive Director, Founder and Head of Bromley Brook Secondary School for the Aspen Education Group in Cerritos, CA; as the Vice President of Private Education Operations, and as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, of CEDU Family of Services for the Brown Schools of Boston. Prior to that, she served several years at VisionQuest National LTD in Arizona, a national organization providing treatment to adolescents with severe emotional and behavior difficulties. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Western Michigan University, and her Master of Social Work in Social Policy and Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Knopf most recently founded an academically rigorous residential secondary school in Manchester, Vermont for girls facing significant personal and emotional challenge. “The appointment of Rae Ann Knopf as the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Transformation and Innovation will greatly benefit the children of our state,” said Commissioner Vilaseca. “She has demonstrated leadership in innovative school practices prior to her arrival at the department. Her diverse experience in the private sector and non-profit private schools brings a different perspective to this role and compliments my experience in public schools. Her work with schools has had a positive impact on students and has helped provide schools with systems that support all students reaching their potential. She is respected both within and outside of our department and I look forward to working with her and the benefits she will bring to Vermont schools. ”Knopf’s duties as the next in command under Commissioner Armando Vilaseca will include, but are not limited to, overseeing the programmatic divisions of the department, which encompass Student Support and Safe and Healthy Schools, Lifelong Learning, Standards and Assessment, Educator Quality, and Independent and Federal Programs. She will also play a critical leadership role in the department regarding the Transformation of Education effort, State Board work and advising Commissioner Vilaseca on policy matters. She will continue her role as the ARRA coordinator for the department.“These are both challenging and exciting times for education in Vermont,” says Knopf. “Challenging because the current economic realities force us to constantly reassess our priorities. Exciting because our understanding of how children learn and accessibility to global educational resources increases exponentially every year. I look forward to working with Commissioner Vilaseca, the department staff, and educators across the state to put our collective knowledge to use in helping each child in Vermont to thrive and recognize their true potential.”Knopf will begin serving as deputy commissioner on October 11. Source: Vermont Dept of Education. 10.8.2009
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: email@example.com Memphis will be introduced as the next member of the Big East conference on Wednesday. The Tigers will join the conference for all sports in 2013, according to a story published by ESPN on Tuesday.Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson confirmed to ESPN that the school will officially accept an invitation from Big East Commissioner John Marinatto on a conference call Wednesday.The Big East sent out a press release Tuesday announcing a teleconference on Wednesday at noon to address conference membership. Marinatto, Johnson and University of Memphis President Shirley Raines will all be on the call, along with University of South Florida President and Big East CEO Executive Committee Chair Judy Genshaft.The Tigers will become the 12th football program in the Big East, reaching the goal Marinatto set in his plan for conference realignment after the departures of four schools last fall. Marinatto has also said he wants to have a conference championship game.The latest addition to the Big East will help the conference boost its reputation in basketball. The Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament 23 times and played in two national championship games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMemphis wanted to move into the Big East from Conference USA when the conference expanded in 2005, but it wasn’t included. The exit fee for Conference USA for 2013-14 is $500,000 and would also include its television rights revenue share, which is $6.13 million, according to ESPN. The exit fee for the conference will be discussed Wednesday.firstname.lastname@example.org Comments
The Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce a commitment from defenceman Mark Strachan (Calgary, AB) to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.Strachan joins the Saints following three seasons split between the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Fernie Ghostriders and Kimberley Dynamiters. He enjoyed an offensive breakout as a 20-year old in Kimberley, scoring 15 goals and picking up 46 points in 50 regular season games and adding 10 points in 13 playoff contests as the Dynamiters advanced to the Eddie Mountain Division finals. His 56 total points on the season were the third most by a KIJHL defenceman.The 21-year old wore the ‘C’ for the Dynamiters and was named the club’s Most Valuable Player following the season. He also spent two years in Fernie, where he contributed 49 points in 88 games and played a key role in the Ghostriders’ silver medal performance at the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup. “Mark is a smart, skilled, puck-moving defenceman coming off an outstanding season on and off the ice in Kimberley,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”His strengths fit in perfectly with the style of game that we will play this season and he adds to what is quickly becoming a very talented roster. He also has experience playing up front, so his versatility is another plus, and I expect that his leadership abilities and work ethic will both be an asset for us moving forward.” Strachan is the third defenceman to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season, joining Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL) and Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL).Selkirk also returns second-year blueliners Justin\ Sotkowy and Sandro Moser, who combined for 43 points in 48 games last season and finished third and fourth respectively in scoring by BCIHL defencemen. “I’m looking forward to furthering my academic career in the Business program at Selkirk College while having the opportunity to play at a higher level,” says Strachan, who describes himself as a playmaker who is comfortable playing at forward as well as on the blueline.”I’d like to accomplish a good balance between academics and hockey working towards a diploma and helping the team win a championship as well as improving my game at both ends of the ice.” Also committed to the Saints for 2012/13 are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL), as well as goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL).
TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype1221217%42%$84,855 TRAINER NONPLUSSED OVER KNOCKS ON NYQUISTFOLLOW ME CREV TO WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIANPREAKNESS CHALLENGE OFFERS $150,000 IN PRIZESBARGAIN TRACKSIDE PACKAGE ON PREAKNESS DAY Martin Garcia1633219%50%$176,460 Mark Glatt1231225%50%$85,066 Santa Anita Statistics Joseph Talamo2464325%54%$301,915 Edward R. Freeman421150%100%$73,120 Edwin Maldonado3177523%61%$250,426 John Sadler1430121%29%$217,760 (Current Through Friday, May 13) Santiago Gonzalez2846214%43%$204,815 Rafael Bejarano2575428%64%$253,888 Fernando Perez1420114%21%$70,275 Hector Palma531060%80%$51,745 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza1831317%39%$81,500 CERIN EYES CALIFORNIAN FOR FOLLOW ME CREV Follow Me Crev, who was one of the favorites for the Santa Anita Handicap last March12 before an injury forced him to miss the race, could return in next Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles.The four-year-old gelded son of Quality Road trained by Vladimir Cerin for principal owners David and Holly Wilson is scheduled to work Sunday morning. He has had a string of breezes since he was sidelined after winning four straight overnight races, the last on Feb. 14.“He had a quarter crack, and an abscess popped out of it as well,” Cerin said. “We justgave him enough time for it to completely heal, but I don’t know if he’s fit enough (for the Californian). We’ll see.”If he runs, Alonso Quinonez rides. Jerry Hollendorfer plans to enter Lieutenant Colonel (Rafael Bejarano) and Point Piper (Martin Garcia). Richard Mandella said Brazilian-bred turf specialist Bal a Bali would pass the Californianin favor of the grassy Charles Whittingham Stakes, a Grade II, $200,000 test at a mile and a quarter on May 29. FINISH LINES: For the record, apprentice jockey Jose Barnes who pilots 4-1 morning line chance Plus Perfect for Hector Palma in today’s 11th race, made his Santa Anita debut last Sunday, finishing second on 18-1 shot Little Scotty for Neil Drysdale. And at four feet, seven inches tall, Barnes is not the shortest jockey ever to ride in North America. That dubious distinction likely would go to Billy Klinke, who tipped the scales at 102 pounds and stood four feet, three inches high. Move over, Tom Thumb . . . Santa Anita offers an $18 Trackside Package on Preakness Day next Saturday. It includes admission, seating, the first drink, a tip sheet and a commemorative Nyquist mason jar. Tickets can be purchased at http://www/santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ . . . First post time at Santa Anita Preakness Day is 12 noon. Tyler Baze3236109%59%$218,270 David Hofmans520040%40%$79,635 Tiago Pereira2123610%52%$78,563 PREAKNESS CHALLENGE OFFERS $150,000 IN PRIZESWith a $50,000 top cash prize to shoot at, the 2016 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge will be offered to horseplayers wagering on all live races at Santa Anita, along with the Grade I Preakness Stakes and the Grade II Longines Dixie Stakes from Pimlico on May 21-22.The live money contest has a $4,500 buy-in ($3,000 bankroll and $1,500 prize pool) with players required to bet a minimum of $250 per race on at least four races a day ($2,000).The remaining $1,000 must also be wagered during the contest. There are no maximums but players must wager a minimum of their entire $3,000 bankroll over the course of the contest. Contest wagers include Win/Place/Show/Exacta and Daily Doubles.Prizes based on a minimum of 80 entries are $50,000 for first, $20,000 for second, $10,000 for third and $5,000 for fourth. The top five finishers will receive a 2017 National Handicapping Betting Challenge prize package that includes a hotel room and round trip airfare to Las Vegas.Players can sign up online at santaanita.com/horse-racing/contests, or contact Santa Anita Vice President of Marketing Nate Newby at email@example.com or by phone at 626 574-6391. Jerry Hollendorfer1432321%57%$199,295 Flavien Prat1631319%44%$145,905 John Brocklebank422050%100%$82,200 ON NYQUIST, DESORMEAUX IS NOT AN EXAGGERATOR Keith Desormeaux has uttered unfettered praise of Nyquist since the undefeated two-year-old champion male of 2015 defeated the colt he trains, Exaggerator, in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15, uncharacteristic for an opposing trainer.Desormeaux is still on the Nyquist bandwagon after he defeated Exaggerator for the fourth time, the latest conquest coming in the Kentucky Derby at a mile and a quarter.This year’s version of Affirmed versus Alydar is set to unfold again in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes on May 21, when the one-two finishers in the Run for the Roses square off again in the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.Desormeaux is nonplussed as to how Nyquist still has detractors despite a perfect eight-for-eight record, a convincing victory over previously undefeated Mohaymen on his home track of Gulfstream Park, and a flawless resume.“After the San Vicente, when Nyquist set the pace and went a half in 44 and still outran Exaggerator, who is a nice horse, how can you not have a ton of respect for him?,” Desormeaux asked, brow furrowed.“Then he goes and beats the undefeated East Coast horse (Mohaymen in the Florida Derby). Nyquist should have been 2-5 in the Kentucky Derby in my book. I think one reason he wasn’t given credit is because people want to find excuses to build their own confidence even though the facts are staring them in the face.“They still want to support their favorite horse. A lot of it is fan-oriented, or betting-oriented, I guess.”Desormeaux will van Exaggerator from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Sunday for the Preakness.“I haven’t really done a lot of homework on the race yet, but I don’t think the shorter distance will affect our style much, plus that’s up to Kent (Desormeaux, Keith’s younger brother and Exaggerator’s regular rider),” Keith said.“It’s all about a judge of pace. It doesn’t matter if the race is shorter, longer, whatever. It’s a matter of getting your horse comfortable. If he’s comfortable five lengths off the leader, I’m happy with that.” Philip D’Amato1745224%65%$243,415 Peter Eurton520140%60%$40,290 Brayan Pena1520213%27%$38,620